Turner Syndrome Clinic
Turner syndrome is a condition that occurs when one of a female’s X chromosomes is fully or partially missing.
At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we have a dedicated clinic to diagnose and treat children with Turner syndrome. Our specialists are skilled experts with years of experience caring for babies and children with the condition.
Turner Syndrome Clinic: Why Choose Us
When families choose our Turner Syndrome Clinic, they can expect:
- A dedicated treatment team: The specialists in our clinic regularly care for children with Turner syndrome. Having a team dedicated only to Turner syndrome is rare—at other hospitals, children often receive treatment through more generalized clinics.
- Multidisciplinary collaboration: Our treatment team includes dietitians, endocrinologists, specialized endocrine nurses and social workers. If needed, your family also has access to subspecialists within the CHLA network, such as cardiologists, psychologists and audiologists.
- Education and resources: Our team provides extra resources for your family to help you outside regular appointments. We have hosted family education days, co-sponsored by the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States, where dozens of families had the opportunity to learn more about the condition affecting their daughters.
What Is Turner Syndrome?
Turner syndrome is a condition when a female is missing or partially missing one of the X chromosomes. A chromosome is a package of DNA molecules. Typically, people born male have an X and Y chromosome, while females have two X chromosomes, so the disorder does not affect males.
People may receive a Turner syndrome diagnosis before birth, shortly after birth or in early childhood. If the condition causes only mild symptoms, your child may not receive a diagnosis until adolescence. Turner syndrome can cause varying symptoms, such as:
- Drooping eyelids
- Low hairline
- Low-set ears
- Slowed growth or short stature
Turner syndrome can affect the development of many body systems, including the heart. Many children with Turner syndrome also have heart defects or structural heart problems. The specialists who lead the Turner Syndrome Clinic collaborate closely with cardiologists to offer advanced heart treatments for Turner syndrome.
Expert Treatment for Children with Turner Syndrome
Our specialists work with your family to create a personalized treatment plan. We find the most appropriate therapies your child, including growth hormones, screenings for thyroid function or heart treatment. Learn more about treatment for Turner syndrome.